Internal Bleeding: Xarelto’s Fatal Side Effect
For several years now, Xarelto has been one of the premier blood thinners prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and atrial fibrillation (AF).
Although this treatment initially presented itself as a superior option to gold standard blood thinner Warfarin, it has since come under major scrutiny because of its serious, and sometimes deadly, side effects.
Uncontrollable internal bleeding has proven itself be the most serious of Xarelto’s side effects, with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration investigating the makers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.
These side effects do not always appear suddenly, but may develop over time, and can increase if the patient undergoes a spinal tap or receives a spinal anesthesia (epidural).
Why does internal bleeding occur?
The direct purpose of a blood thinner is to keep blood from clotting in our veins or arteries. A blood thinner is often prescribed to an individual who is at a higher risk of a stroke and pulmonary embolism.
However, blood clots play an essential role in our body, as they keep us from excessive bleeding. When we experience a minor wound or a cut, blood clots form to stop the bleeding.
Unfortunately, a blood thinner cannot differentiate between a blood clot that forms inside a person’s veins from a blood clot caused by an actual injury. Nevertheless, it does its purpose and keeps blood from clotting, which in certain situations can create a dangerous side effect.
People under the use of a blood thinner, such as Xarelto, experience constant nosebleeds that are difficult to control, bleeding of the gums, and profuse bleeding from minor lesions. Some individuals have experienced severe internal bleeding from a simple bump or bruise; there are also reports of users bleeding to death during surgical procedures.
Symptoms of concern when taking Xarelto.
Call your doctor or medical advisor right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Any bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Bleeding from wounds or needle injections
- Heavy menstruation
- Headaches, dizziness, weakness, or feeling like you might pass out
- Red or pink colored urine
- Black or bloody stool, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Muscle weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation
- Pain in your arms or legs
How to avoid internal bleeding.
Internal bleeding can be prevented if a patient follows the required medical regimen suggested by a health care provider.
What a person consumes can play a major role on their overall well being, so it is important to live by a diet that is free from foods and triggers that can jeopardize your internal health.
Avoiding alcohol and smoking can decrease the chances of developing ulcers that lead to profuse bleeding and stomach cancer, which is especially important, as Xarelto is known to cause uncontrollable intestinal bleeding.
Why is Xarelto more dangerous than other blood thinners?
Any anticoagulation medication can be dangerous if a user is not taking the safety measures dictated by their doctor. However, Xarelto is the most dangerous because there is no antidote that can decrease the side effects.
Blood thinners such as Warfarin can be controlled with antidotes such as vitamin K, but there is no reversal agent that can stop heavy bleeding in Xarelto patients. Doctors have also found little effect in flushing the drug from the system through dialysis.
Lawsuits filed against Xarelto.
Xarelto manufacturer Bayer answered to various claims in 2014. Lawsuits were filed for a lack of warning provided to customers about the dangerous side effects.
The number of lawsuits continues to grow in the United States, but so does Xarelto profit. In 2016, Xarelto makers have already made $567 million.
Individuals have testified against this life-threatening drug, and have filed lawsuits because of the financial hardship Xarelto has placed on them, the emotional distress caused by ongoing care of a loved one, funeral burdens due to uncontrollable bleeding, and as an attempt to hold Bayer accountable for difficult circumstances.
Have you been harmed or did a loved one lose their life because of Xarelto?
Hotze Runkle understands that losing a loved one because of the negligence of another party can never be rectified, but we do not want you to suffer financial burdens associated with untimely deaths.
If you, or a loved one, have taken Xarelto and were internally injured by the use of this drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today at (877) 919-0830 to discuss your situation.